Cherry MX Switch - Black

$1.57

Part Number:  LB-0402
Brand:  Little Bird Company Australia

Linear switches have the simplest operation, moving straight up and down without any additional tactile feedback or loud clicking noise – we’ll come to these more complicated switches later on. There are two common types of linear switches – Black and Red. Cherry MX Black switches were introduced in 1984, making them one of the older Cherry switches. They have a medium to high actuation force,...
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Linear switches have the simplest operation, moving straight up and down without any additional tactile feedback or loud clicking noise – we’ll come to these more complicated switches later on. There are two common types of linear switches – Black and Red.

Cherry MX Black switches were introduced in 1984, making them one of the older Cherry switches. They have a medium to high actuation force, at 60 cN, which means they are the stiffest of the four most common Cherry switches. These switches are used in point-of-sale stations, but typically aren’t considered ideal for typing due to their high weighting. They have found use in RTS video games, where the high weighting can prevent accidental key presses that might occur on less stiff switches. The stronger spring also means that they rebound faster, meaning they can be actuated quite quickly given enough force – although you may also find fatigue becomes more of a factor than with other switches.

These switches are plate mounted, and have mounting holes for an LED, so you can fix, or make your own RGB backlighted keyboard!

You can find the datasheet for all Cherry MX switches here

 

We also sell the other switches made by Cherry:

Red - Linear, 45cN Weighting (Lighter version of Black)

Brown - Tactile Bump, 45cN Weighting

Clear - Tactile Bump, 65cN Weighting

Blue - Tactile Click, 50cN Weighting

Green - Tactile Click, 80cN Weighting